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Bay Area Group Holds First Meeting

Mitch Mayne speaking to the group. Backdrop: Diane Oviatt's Pride Parade sign
Mitch Mayne speaking to the group. Backdrop: Diane Oviatt’s Pride Parade sign

Another evening is planned for late July

By Diane Oviatt

On June 2nd we had an LDS LGBT fireside/social at our house in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was a great evening starting with desserts on the patio while we socialized. We then came inside to hear Judy Finch (whose story is seen on the Mormons and Gays website) and Mitch Mayne (who is the executive secretary of the Bay ward in San Francisco).

Judy talked about her journey as a Mormon woman with a gay son and two gay grandsons. Mitch spoke of the mission LGBT LDS people have to help their fellow church members increase understanding, love and Christ-like compassion.

The speakers were followed by a lively discussion amongst the twenty or so people attending. There was a warm feeling and new friendships were formed between the group members which included many straight allies as well as gay church members. Another evening is planned for late July with details to follow.

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